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A fine mess: a global quest for a simpler, fairer, and more efficient tax system
Book 2813/Completed: 7/24/2017

Author:Reid, T. R., author. fairer, and more efficient tax system / T.R. Reid.
Description:278 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
LC Call No.:HJ2381.R45 2017
Dewey No.:336.200973 23
ISBN:9781594205514 (hbk)
1594205515 (hbk)
9780735223967 (ebk)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-269) and index.
Every thirty-two years -- Policy laboratories --
"Low effort, low collection" -- Taxes :what are they good for? -- BBLR -- Scooping water with a sieve -- Flat broke -- The defining problem; the taxing solution -- Convoluted and pernicious strategies -- The single tax, the fat tax, the tiny tax, the carbon tax-- and no tax at all -- The Panama papers :sunny places for shady money -- Simplify, simplify -- The money machine -- The Internal Revenue Code of 2018.
The U.S. tax code is a total write-off. Crammed with loopholes and special interest provisions, it works for no one except tax lawyers, accountants, and huge corporations. Not for the first time, we have reached a breaking point-- in fact, we reach one every thirty-two years. T.R. Reid crisscrosses the globe in search of exact solutions to the urgent tax problems of the United States. With an uncanny knack for making a complex subjects not just accessible but gripping, he investigates what makes good taxation (no, that's not an oxymoron) and brings that knowledge home where it is needed most. Reid presses the case for sensible root-and-branch reforms that will affect everyone. Doing our taxes will never be America's favorite pastime, but it can and should be so much easier and fairer. -- Adapted from dust jacket.
Subjects:Taxation -- United States.
Income tax -- United States.
Income tax -- United States.
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